Our monthly Conscience Matters webinar series brings together members, Coalition staff, and special guests to probe pressing issues facing Sites of Conscience today and showcase innovative and effective strategies to help members energize their audiences and play a leading role in our global movement for memory.
Our Webinar Short series are 30- to 45-minute interactive sessions devoted to core elements of Sites of Conscience methodology, member profiles, and tools to support self-care and creativity.
For upcoming webinars, please visit our Events page.
Mother Love: A Tribute to Mothers as Activists
Around the world, mothers have played a pivotal role in raising awareness of injustice, fighting for the rights of the disappeared, advocating for accountability, and fostering more peaceful futures. In honor of Mother’s Day, which is celebrated by many countries in May, our next Webinar Short will welcome Sites of Conscience representatives from the Gambia, Mexico, and Sri Lanka who will highlight and pay tribute to mothers in their roles as activists and changemakers.
The Body Remembers: Exploring the Effect of Trauma on the Body
Conflict traumatizes societies in multiple ways. Most concretely, it damages infrastructure, obliterating houses, schools, and cultural sites. It also destroys the social fabric by poisoning feelings of trust and commonality among community members. An equally common, but often overlooked result of conflict is the devastating and long-lasting effect it has on bodies. The body may serve as evidence of physical violence through scars or missing limbs, but also frequently carries less visible, but still life-altering signs of trauma, from anxiety and insomnia to a more general unease that can be difficult to name but leads to further marginalization of victims. In this webinar, we will explore how conflict, and injustice more generally, presents itself in our individual and collective bodies. Panelists will also provide insight into ways to counteract this damage through art-based and somatic healing methods.
The webinar will be held on May 25, 2023 at 10:00am (EST). To register, click here.
Climate Justice Webinar
April is Earth Month, to celebrate we are highlighting the great work of our member Villa Grimaldi and their climate justice project “Sites of Conscience and Vulnerated Territories: The Human Right to Live in a Healthy Environment”. Join our Global Networks Associate in Global Programs Elena del Hoyo Corral and Daniel Rebolledo Hernández from Villa Grimaldi as they talk about the project, its goals, importance and vision for the future of Chilean climate justice.
The Movement for Memory in Mexico
Movements for memory can take many forms – from campaigns that advocate for national policies and laws to more spontaneous gatherings of activists that incorporate civil disobedience and other types of non-violent direct action. On April 20th, join our next Conscience Matters webinar, as we explore the synergies between these strategies through the context of Mexico, where families of the disappeared, memory practitioners, and other activists have spent years amplifying the vital role of public memory and countering harmful government narratives through multiple channels. The webinar will bring together key figures involved in these movements to discuss the many ways public memorials can be transformed, as well as the opportunities and challenges of creating memory laws in the country. The webinar will be conducted in Spanish with English interpretation.
Reparations 101: Who, What, Where, When and Why
Since the advent of the Black Lives Matter movement, “reparations” are often referred to in the media, but what exactly they are is not always understood. What is their purpose? How might they be dispersed? To whom? And what role do they have in connecting ideas of justice to the legacies of slavery in the United States? On March 23, 2023, join Ereshnee Naidu-Silverman, Senior Director of the Global Transitional Justice Initiative at ICSC, for our next Webinar Short, which will explore these questions and more through a global lens.
How to Memorialize Public Sites of Violence Against African Americans
Join us for a discussion on how to memorialize sites of violence against Black Americans. The conversation will be moderated by Jamira Burley – an award winning activist and international speaker – and welcome guests from Sites of Conscience, including Benjamin Saulsberry, the Public Engagement & Museum Education Director at our member site The Emmett Till Interpretive Center.
Atrocity Prevention &Transitional Justice: Understanding the Linkages
The linkages between atrocity prevention and transitional justice are significant, but frequently overlooked. This roundtable will highlight the nexus between transitional justice and atrocity prevention by focusing on the role of psychosocial support, documentation and archives in upstream prevention and the need for gender justice in larger prevention efforts.
American LGBTQ+ Museum an Interview with Ben Garcia
Join the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) as we welcome Ben Garcia, the Executive Director of the American LGBTQ+ Museum, to discuss the Museum’s scheduled 2024 opening, its mission and programming, and how you can be involved.
The conversation is part of ICSC’s Webinar Short series which features 30-minute sessions on the latest developments in the world of Sites of Conscience and their allies.
Disarming Americans: Museums Take on Gun Control
Situated in “red” states and “blue” states, big cities and rural communities, Sites of Conscience and their allies are uniquely positioned to foster constructive dialogue on gun control among a wide subset of people. But how? On February 16, 2023 – shortly after the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people and injured 17 more – join us as we discuss how museums and memory sites can memorialize gun violence, deepen our understanding of the history and mythology surroundings guns in America, and spark productive conversations on gun control that transcend political and ideological divides.
Webinar Short: What’s Not Working?
To ring in the new year, join Braden Paynter, Director of Methodology, as he leads a short discussion on the best of what didn’t work in 2022 in order to identify new and more effective strategies moving into 2023. If you have any insights, big fails, and lessons learned that you would like to share ahead of time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobilizing Memory: Defending Cultural Memory During Conflicts
Join us in conversation with Ihor Poshyvailo from Maidan Museum, a member in Kyiv, and Hadi Marifat, founder of member the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization, as they share insights into the ways national memory affects conflict, how cultural practitioners do their work during conflicts, and how the outside world can support them.
Halting Hate: A Bottom-up Approach to Understanding and Fighting Hate Speech in the Asia Pacific
In the Asia Pacific, like in other regions of the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated alarming trends of scapegoating and hate speech against minority groups. Who are the primary targets? Through which channels does hate speech spread? And, looking at solutions, what can civil society do? In this webinar, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) and the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC) will bring together three experts from the field to explore a bottom-up approach to understanding and fighting hate speech.
Labor and Sites of Conscience
Workers’ rights are human rights the world over. Join the Coalition’s Braden Paynter as he speaks with members about connecting the history of labor to contemporary issues of workers’ rights. View the resource here.
Public Historians and the Climate Crisis
In this Conscience Matters webinar, join Braden Paynter, Director of Methodology and Practice, as he speaks to Sites of Conscience members about environmental justice in the context of history and the present. View the resource here.
We Are Present
In this session, we virtually launched “We Are Present: Women’s Histories of Conflict, Courage, and Survival,” our latest virtual publication. View the resource here.
Reporting for Change: Engaging Media Outlets to Support Transitional Justice
In this Conscience Matters webinar, learn strategies for navigating security concerns and press restrictions to support transitional justice. View the resource here.
History vs. Hunger: Supporting Economic Empowerment Through Memory Work
Join Coalition staff and members as they discuss ways to support economic empowerment and sustainability through memory work. View the resource here.
Burnout: Strategies to Avoid – Webinar Short
Learn the definition and many signs of burnout as well as ways to help prevent it from happening. View the resource here.
Strengthening Museums to Foster Resilience
In this Conscience Matters webinar, hear from North American members who participated in the Coalition’s 18-month, IMLS-funded project on supporting museums and historic sites to build social resilience in their communities after Covid-19. View the resource here.
Centering Indigenous Experiences
Listen and learn as facilitators and artists discuss their experience with the Coalition’s recently concluded In Dialogue: A Community-Centered Public Art Project Reflecting Tulsa’s Inter-tribal Identity in Mvskoke Territory, which aimed to help the city reimagine new artistic representations of its diverse Native community. View the resource here.
New Member Webinar
In this Conscience Matters webinar, join Coalition staff as they welcome new members from across the globe and discuss the benefits of membership. This webinar is also beneficial for those considering joining the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. View the resource here.
Racism, Ethnicity, and Xenophobia
Learn about the renewed Global Responsibility to Protect and ways that communities can take action against discrimination. View the resource here.
Global Action: Virtual Advocacy in Support of Women, Girls, and the LGBTQIA+ Community
In this webinar, hear from the recipients of the Coalition’s third and final Community Engagement Grant initiative: “Virtual Advocacy In Support of Women, Girls, & the LGBTQIA+ Community.” View the resource here.
Reaching People Outside of Digital Spaces – Webinar Short
Learn strategies for ensuring that all members of a community are included in Sites of Conscience programming. View the resource here.
Global Action: Inter-Religious Understanding Through Graphic Arts
Hear from the seven recipients of the Coalition’s second Community Engagement Grant initiative: “Inter-Religious Understanding Through Graphic Arts.” View the resource here.
Language and Terms
Learn the ways you can avoid and confront problematic language in terms in museum collections and archives. View the resource here.
Navigating Visitor Comments Effectively – Webinar Short
Learn strategies for avoiding careless commentary and effectively engaging with it when it does occur. View the resource here.
The Role of CSOs and Non-State Actions in Contributing Toward Reparations
Learn how CSOs and other non-state actors can foster understanding and action around reparations in post-conflict societies. View the resource here.
Member Spotlight: National Human Rights Museum
Learn about the National Human Rights Museum in Taiwan and its programming and exhibitions. View the resource here.
Global Action: Racism Past to Present Through a New Lens
In this webinar, hear from the six Community Engagement Grant awardees as they share their projects. This is part one of a series of Coalition sponsored global action grants. View the resource here.
When to Engage and Disengage from Harmful Behavior – Webinar Short
Learn strategies facilitators, activists, and thought leaders can use to deepen conversations at your site or organization. View the resource here.
Transitional Justice and Religious Leaders
Learn the ways to engage religious leaders in support of truth-telling, justice, and healing processes. View the resource here.
Land Acknowledgements – Webinar Short
Learn strategies for meaningfully incorporating land acknowledgements into work and life. View the resource here.
Challenging Bias Against Women and the LGBTQIA+ Community – Webinar Short
Hear from Global Networks Program Director, Silvia Fernandez, as she previews the Coalition’s third and final global workshop of 2021. View the resource here.
Art and Healing and Sites of Conscience
Hear from panelists to learn how body mapping and other art forms have fostered healing around the globe. View the resource here.
Exploring Digital Dialogues – Webinar Short
Hear from Braden Paynter, Director of Methodology, as he shares strategies for engaging staff and visitors in dialogue in digital spaces. View the resource here.
Member Spotlight: Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project
Ana Edwards, Chair of Sacred Ground, discusses the Project’s mission to expand community understanding of its public history resources. View the resource here.
Rewriting History: Lessons from Eurasia
In this webinar, hear from Sites of Conscience members from Eurasia about Soviet legacies, truth, nationalism, and more. View the resource here.
Embracing Religious Diversity – Webinar Short
This Webinar Short will preview the second global workshop of the Coalition’s 2021 Global Summit. View the resource here.
LGBTQIA+ and Transitional Justice
Panelists discuss the historical roots of discrimination against LGBTQIA+ populations. View the resource here.
Intangible Cultural Heritage and Sites of Conscience
Hear from Sites of Conscience as they share ways that intangible cultural heritage can strengthen communities. View the resource here.
Reckoning with Racism – Webinar Short
This Webinar Short will preview the first global workshop of the Coalition’s 2021 Global Summit. View the resource here.
Overcoming Organizational Fears of Failure – Webinar Short
In this session, you’ll learn specific strategies on ways to help organizational teams manage challenging situations. View the resource here.
Member Spotlight: The Human Rights Center for Memory and Archives
Learn about the Human Rights Center for Memory and Archives’ efforts to defend human rights in Morocco. View the resource here.
Last in Line: Racism and the History of Public Health
Using examples from past and present, panelists discuss the history between public health and discrimination. View the resource here.
Front and Center: Women, Grassroots Atrocity Prevention, and Justice Initiatives
Panelists will examine their work and how peace processes can address gendered components of conflict. View the resource here.
Presenters consider dialogue used by Sites of Conscience to examine what is necessary for dialogue to be effective. View the resource here.
Member Spotlight: Single Mothers Association of Kenya
Guests discuss how community-based initiatives can empower disadvantaged youth and foster brighter futures. View resource here.
What Is a Site of Conscience?
Using examples from members, presenters will show how Sites of Conscience use histories to spark action. View the resource here.
TikTok, Trolls, and Sites of Conscience – Webinar Short
Linda Norris, Senior Specialist in Methodology and Practice, offers tips for responding to hostile online commentary. View the resource here.
Revamping Your Exhibit
In this webinar, learn simple strategies to update your exhibitions and engage your community in the process. View the resource here.
Bridging Partisanship – Webinar Short
This session will briefly share frameworks for analyzing how museums and historic sites can navigate partisan divides. View the resource here.
Member Spotlight: Maidan Museum
Join us as we welcome the Maidan Museum to discuss institutional challenges and developments in Ukraine. View the resource here.
Redefining the Museum
ICOM has sought to refine its definition of a museum. Join the Coalition in identifying key words and themes that will be shared with ICOM. View the resource here.
Rethinking Migration Museums Around the World
Migration Museums in Australia, Italy and France discuss the process of rethinking exhibitions to reflect current issues around migration. View the resource here.
Justice Now: What Would a Truth Commission Look Like in America?
Presented in collaboration with GIJTR, this session considered what an effective truth and justice commission might look like in the United States. View the resource here.
Vote! – Webinar Short
This session discussed how museums can support ongoing voting in their communities and how they can support a fair tallying of votes. View the resource here.
Democracy on the Brink – Webinar Short
This webinar will look at how museums can help grow democracies and give participants a chance to share challenges and opportunities. View the resource here.
Mourning at a Distance: Grief and Memorialization During Covid-19
Sites of Conscience, offering strategies and examples of effective memorials and memory initiatives that honor loss in times of crisis. View the resource here.
Storytelling and the Bedchel Test – Webinar Short
Applying the Bedchel Test to sites our storytelling gives us a powerful tool to build programming that helps us challenge systems of power. View the resource here.
Decolonizing the Future: Education, Resilience and Challenging Myths
Educators from First Nations share experiences and strategies for supporting communities affected by oppression, with a focus on education. View the resource here.
Member Spotlight: Whitney Plantation
Ashley Rogers, Executive Director of the Whitney Plantation, talks about the museum’s history, activities, and challenges posed by Covid-19. View the resource here.
Dealing with Difficult People – Webinar Short
In this webinar, Linda Norris, Coalition’s Director of Global Network, shares some concrete tools to help you connect with visitors. View the resource here.
The Welcome Brigade: Self-Care for Front-Line Workers at Museums
This session shares experiences, techniques, and strategies from Sites of Conscience to support front-line workers during this “new normal.” View the resource here.
Say What? Navigating Harmful Visitor Responses
This webinar explores a variety of tools to draw on when comments from visitors or other stakeholders are harmful or elevate tensions. View the resource here.
What Next? Perspectives on the Future of Divisive Monuments
Historians, activists and museum practitioners discuss ways how to transform divisive objects/spaces into ones that support racial equity. View the resource here.
Member Spotlight: Casa Memoria José Domingo Cañas
Casa Memoria José Domingo Cañas comparte acerca de su ardua labor para la protección de derechos humanos en Chile. Vea el recurso aquí.
How We Spend Matters – Webinar Short
Explore tools to support Black creators, identify systemic barriers to business participation, and play a role in addressing access challenges. View the resource here.
Finding Joy – Webinar Short
This session explores how organizations can incorporate the importance of joy into their methodologies with both visitors and staff. View the resource here.
Real Fake News: On Democracy and Media in Crisis
Sites of Conscience from Syria, Turkey, and special guest from Germany talk about their efforts to monitor and offset destructive media outlets. View the resource here.
Facilitar los diálogos virtuales – Webinar Short
Estrategias de diálogo en espacios digitales a medida que se exploran nuevas plataformas para fomentar el cuidado y la comprensión. Vea el recurso aquí.
Using Constraints to Boost Your Creativity – Webinar Short
Understand how approaching limits as creative constraints can lead to surprising, innovative solutions to the challenges facing us today. View the resource here.
Stolen Childhoods: How to Help Youth Move from Painful Pasts to Promising Futures
Sites of Conscience from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile and Rwanda discuss how to amplify children’s stories to support healing and action. View the resource here.
Member Spotlight: Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center & Cemetery
Srebrenica-Potocari Memorial Center & Cemetery talks about their work preserving and honoring the stories of the Srebrenica Genocide. View the resource here.
Reopening Society – Webinar Short
Coalition staff and members share experiences re-opening Sites of Conscience amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. View the resource here.
Anniversaries – Are They Worth It? – Webinar Short
Director of Methodology and Practice Braden Paynter examines the complicated role of historic anniversaries in advocacy efforts. View the resource here.
Whose Hero? New Perspectives on Monuments in Public Spaces (Workshop)
A four-hour workshop that supports participants in reimagining or creating new monuments from indigenous and feminist angles. View the resource here.
Whose Hero? New Perspectives on Monuments in Public Landscapes
Four women artists and activists explore landscapes and monuments through indigenous and feminist perspectives. View the resource here.
Music Club: Listening to Pieces Recommended by Members – Webinar Short
Three Sites of Conscience share music pieces that have had a transformative effect on issues past and present at their organizations. View the resource here.
Covid-19, Transitional Justice, and Atrocity Prevention
Guests discuss the effect Covid-19 is having on transitional justice and atrocity prevention efforts around the globe. Co-hosted with GAAMAC. View the resource here.
Activism and Advocacy During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Practitioners and advocates discuss grassroots organizing strategies and virtual opportunities for protesting under duress. View the resource here.
Definitions of Justice – Webinar Short
Coalition staff and participants converse about different definitions of justice and how each can inform Sites of Conscience. View the resource here.
Weddings at Former Plantations? Determining Event and Visitor Behavior Policies at Historic Sites
Members from the US and Germany compare their experiences hosting private events at historic sites that remember traumatic events. View the resource here.
Exiled: Migration and Refugee Communities During Covid-19
Coalition members from Asia and the Middle East analyze the relationship between migration and public health, past and present. View the resource here.
Member Spotlight: The Partition Museum
Staff from the Partition Museum, a Coalition member in India, discusses its oral histories, personal artifacts, and response to Covid-19. View the resource here.
Understanding Crisis Through a Transitional Justice Lens – Webinar Short
Senior Director of the Coalition’s GIJTR Ereshnee Naidu explains how Sites of Conscience might engage transitional justice in their work. View the resource here.
Women and Covid-19
Partners and members discuss the particular hurdles women face during the pandemic and suggest strategies for offering them support. View the resource here.
Memorializing Covid-19 – Webinar Short
Examples of effective memory initiatives from Sites of Conscience across the globe inspire thoughts on Covid-19 and memorialization. View the resource here.
Create Your Own Media: Communications Strategies for Challenging Times
Communications Director Ashley Nelson showcases media tools for an array of platforms to assist members in advocacy and promotion. View the resource here.
Perspectives from Around the World – Webinar Short
The Coalition’s Regional Managers summarize emerging themes related to Covid-19 from members around the world. View the resource here.
Self-Care, Sites of Conscience, and Covid-19
Celeste Matross from the Centre for Violence and Reconciliation in South Africa discusses self-care and guides participants in a meditation exercise. View the resource here.
Building a More Just and Humane “New Normal” – Webinar Short
Sites of Conscience explore how crises like pandemics can lead to expansions or constrictions of civil and human rights. View the resource here.
Digital Dialogue – Webinar Short
Director of Methodology and Practice Braden Paynter offers strategies for engaging staff and visitors in dialogue in digital spaces. View the resource here.
Covid-19 and Vulnerable Groups
Members from Sri Lanka, South Africa and Bosnia and Herzegovina share strategies for helping vulnerable communities during challenging times. View the resource here.
Facilitated Dialogue on Covid-19
Braden Paynter, Director of Methodology and Practice, facilitates a dialogue on the challenges Covid-19 poses to members. View the resource here.
Finding Support: Cultural Programming in Challenging Times
Director of Development Sara Murphy shares resources and strategies for funding, grant proposals and reporting in challenging times. View the resource here.
Countering Exclusion: Activating Women’s Stories
Sites of Conscience from Australia and Nepal explore how art can be used to incorporate women’s stories into official narratives. View the resource here.
Facilitación Diálogos dinámicos
Involucrar al público en conversaciones difíciles y controvertidas no es fácil, pero a menudo necesario. Encuentra como hacerlo en esta sesión. Vea el recurso aquí.
Coalition staff and members showcase a variety of evaluation methods focused on creating impactful cultural programs. View the resource here.
Rethinking Columbus: On Symbolic Reparations and Indigenous Histories
Members from the Americas examine how symbolic reparations can foster healing related to indigenous and colonial histories. View the resource here.
Tactics for Responding to Partisan and Repressive Administrations
Sites of Conscience offer solutions for when their organizational missions are threatened by political agendas or repressive administrations. View the resource here.
Listening to Women: Collecting Stories After War
Coalition Board, staff and members discuss challenges women face in sharing their stories and suggest strategies for overcoming them. View the resource here.
Engaging Exhibit Labels
Senior Specialist of Methodology and Practice Linda Norris introduces practical exercises to help Sites of Conscience craft powerful labels for their exhibitions. View the resource here.
Women in War: Stopping Sexual Violence in Conflict
Staff and guests discuss how to strengthen justice and accountability around sexual violence against women. Co-hosted with GAAMAC. View the resource here.
Collecting the Now
Sites of Conscience examine different types of contemporary collecting around civil rights, activism and truth and reconciliation efforts. View the resource here.
Hosting Dynamic Dialogues
Methodology and Practice Director Braden Paynter shares tools to navigate difficult histories through dialogue-based programming. View the webinar here.
Trauma to Transformation, Incarceration to Activism
Sites of Conscience share strategies for foregrounding women’s experiences of trauma, imprisonment, activism and healing. View the resource here.
Wikipedia 101 en Español
Human Rights Wiki Project discute el movimiento por el conocimiento libre y las estrategias para crear atractivas entradas de Wikipedia. Vea el recurso aquí.
Human Rights Wiki Project discusses the movement for free knowledge and strategies for creating engaging Wikipedia entries. View the resource here.